Volvo Penta unveils V8-380 advanced technology engine

Volvo Penta is introducing its new V8-380, which the company says is an intensely powerful engine that combines efficiency, strength and durability into a state-of-the-art package that delivers on performance and exceeds EPA/CARB requirements.

Volvo Penta says its advanced technology and design innovation combine to give the V8-380 more horsepower with 12 percent less fuel consumption. Other key features include Variable Valve Timing (VVT), optimized for maximum low end torque and high-end horsepower, and more than 270 pounds of weight savings, making it faster, lighter, and more efficient— all while still only requiring 87 octane fuel, Volvo Penta says.

“Our dealers had the opportunity to test drive this engine earlier this year, and feedback has been phenomenal,” said Marcia Kull, vice president marine sales Volvo Penta of the Americas, in a company press release. “One even came to us and said ‘you have a winner.’ To hear the excitement about the performance of this engine is a great payoff for the more than 10,000 hours of testing that went into its development, and the reason Volvo Penta keeps moving the industry forward.”

Tough enough to haul a heavy boat, the V8-380 is the same engine currently used in GM’s current truck line up, and is considered the most durable Volvo Penta has ever launched, the company says. Advancements such as an aluminum exhaust system as part of the complete freshwater cooling system provide additional durability, protection from corrosion, and savings over the life of the engine, Volvo Penta says.


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